Founding partner Laith Sayigh is originally from England and earned a masters degree in Architecture from Bartlett School of Architecture. He founded DFA in 2013 in New York after co-founding Sayigh Duman in 2007 and working at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Skidmore Owings and Merrill in San Francisco, and Foster + Partners in London. With Laith's leadership, DFA has won several awards including a Rising Star Award from Fashion Group International. He has been featured in several publications including Interior Design Magazine, Gray Magazine and the LA Times. He has served as a visiting lecturer at the Archus School of Architecture in Denmark as well as an invited Visiting Critic at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.